Join me in March at the National Film Theatre, London to see two outstanding Italian films which knock the stuffing out of most of modern cinema.
3 March 2014: 18.10
National Film Theatre, BFI Southbank London:
Passport to Cinema Programme
Dominic Power, Head of Screen Arts at the National Film and Television School, has invited me to provide an introduction to Antonioni’s L’Eclisse as part of NFTS/NFT’s Passport to Cinema. The film is often seen as part of a trilogy of L’Avventura (which won a Special Prize at the Cannes 1960 ‘For a new movie language and the beauty of its images‘); followed by La Notte(1961) and culminating in L’Eclisse (1962). All three starred Monica Vitti, who was Antonioni’s inspiration, muse and, for a while, his companion. These films are more than fifty years old so qualify as antiques. But apart from the cars and clothes (fashion photography cannibalised L’Avventura and unconsciously feeds off it still) the films feel mint new.
ROME OPEN CITY
8 March 2014 13.00 – 17.00 (with breaks)
The Studio, National Film Theatre
BFI, Southbank London
I am pleased to be invited by David Somerset, BFI Education Programmer/ Curator to hold a masterclass on Rossellini’s ROME OPEN CITY .
A towering work which heralded Italian Neorealism. After nearly seventy years, Neorealism still inspires filmmakers. It is a strong seed that continues to find suitable soil somewhere in the world.
Tickets for both shows are available online from the BFI.
Bibi Andersson and Live Ullman in ‘Persona’
This week I was asked by Dominic Power, Head of Screen Arts at National Film and Television School (NFTS) to introduce a screening of Bergman’s Persona at the National Film Theatre Southbank, London.
It’s taking a liberty telling an audience how to view a film minutes before seeing it.
I prefer to give them a perspective, often by referring to the director’s other work. I talk primarily about form and style, sometimes about subjects that recur. I try to keep it simple. The film’s the thing.
Here is a recording of the event, montaged with a few slides:
The film was shown as part of the NFTS ‘Passport to Cinema’ season – a continuous and comprehensive overview of every facet of cinema, from its beginnings to the present day.
Mamoun Hassan will be appearing next Friday 8 March at the National Film Theatre, South Bank, London. He will be giving a brief introduction to the powerful, spiritual epic ‘The Gospel According to Matthew‘ shown as part of the Pier Paulo Pasolini retrospective at the British Film Institute. ( Italy-France 1964 Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini with Enrique Irazoqui, Marguerita Caruso, Susanna Pasolini Running time 140min)
For more information or to book online at selected theatres visit the BFI website. www.bfi.org.uk
This classic movie has been restored for re- release to Movie Theatres by the BFI.
Mamoun was at the British Film Institute on Saturday 24 November leading a Masterclass on the post-war classic, The Man in the White Suit.
The four-hour class attracted fans of Alexander MacKendrick – one of Ealing’s greatest directors, whose best work was made possible by the producer Sir Michael Balcon.
A number of contemporary film-makers also took part and contributed ideas on the subversive themes of the movie and the director’s techniques.
The class was arranged as an educational offering alongside the BFI’s current ‘Dark Ealing’ season and coincides with the Alexander MacKendrick centenary: See What’s on at BFI
The public screening at the National Film Theatre, Southbank, London is at 6pm tonight – hurry up and book online if you haven’t seen it – you are in for a treat.
(Unfortunately Mamoun is not available to introduce the film as is he is in Egypt as a member of the International Jury for the 35th Cairo International Film Festival 2012 Human Rights Films Competition.)
Mamoun has just returned from the FILMS FROM THE SOUTH festival in OSLO
where he accompanied his close friend, co-writer and producer colleague
the leading South American director ANDRES WOOD to showings of his three
Machuca 2004 CHILE Dir. Andres Wood,(co-writer and co-producer Mamoun
La Buena Vida 2008 CHILE Dir. Andres Wood (co-writer and co-producer
Violeta Went to Heaven 2011 CHILE Dir. Andres Wood
Andres’ latest work VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN took the World Cinema Jury
Prize at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2012 and is appearing at this week’s BFI
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL and will be on theatrical release in North America